Regina v Tronoh Mines Ltd: 1952

(Central Criminal Court) The defendant, while a general election was pending, published in a national newspaper an advertisement attacking the financial policy of the outgoing Labour government.
Held: The interpretion of laws restricting expenditure and ‘promoting the election of a candidate’ are inapplicable to advertising promoting or denigrating parties generally. Section 63 was not intended to prohibit expenditure incurred on advertisements designed to support the interest of a particular party generally in all constituencies, at any rate at the time of a general election and not supporting a particular candidate in a particular constituency.

McNair J
[1952] 1 All ER 697
Representation of the People Act 1949 63
England and Wales
Cited by:
CitedDirector of Public Prosecutions v Luft HL 26-May-1976
The defendants were campaigning against the National Front in an election. They were separately said to have distributed leaflets infringing the 1949 Act, in that the expenses were not authorised, and the leaflets did not have the name of the . .

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Updated: 01 November 2021; Ref: scu.536062